Solicitor, Gallie Miles Lawyers - Te Awamutu, New Zealand
- Master of Laws
- Bachelor of Laws (Hons)
- Diploma in Law
- University of Waikato Research Masters Scholarship 2015
What made you want to study law?
I had been working as a physiotherapist for 15 years when I started my law degree. I enjoyed physiotherapy but really needed a new challenge and had been contemplating studying law for a few years. Although on the face of it physiotherapy appears to be vastly different from law, in principle it's very similar. Both professions involve meeting with a client/patient, listening to their issues or symptoms, determining what information is relevant and coming up with a resolution or diagnosis.
I chose to come to Waikato because of its location, but most importantly because I could start by studying the Diploma in Law and then move towards other qualifications.
What are the advantages of studying for a Dip(Law)?
When I started the Dip(Law), my youngest child was six months old. The most important advantage for me was that I could watch the lectures online at home. The flexibility offered by the University made it entirely possible for a person with young children to study law.
What do you like most about your current job?
I work as a solicitor at Gallie Miles Lawyers in Te Awamutu. I've been there for about two and a half years now and work in the Dispute Resolution team. I primarily work in the areas of relationship property, employment, rural and commercial disputes. Because Gallie Miles is a provincial law firm there is a huge variety in the type of work that I do. No two days are the same.
I cherish the ability to learn in my new career. Every day I learn something new. This keeps things interesting, and my confidence as a practitioner grows the more knowledge and experience I accumulate.
What does a typical day look like?
Every day is different but typically I meet with a couple of clients, take instructions, review and draft legal documents, communicate with other lawyers and research the law relevant to any issues I'm trying to resolve. A component of my day also involves promoting and marketing the firm. To that extent I'm involved in presenting to other businesses and professional groups, managing the social media marketing campaign and meeting with potential clients. I also assist in mentoring a junior solicitor and I find that very rewarding.